Trump Orders Declassification of Parts of FISA Application Related to Carter Page

Trump repeatedly accused the FBI and the Department of Justice of unreasonable actions during the investigation of Russia's alleged interference in the election campaign in the United States in 2016.

Trump also ordered the department to declassify interviews with Justice Department official Bruce G. Ohr, who worked in the deputy attorney general's office and had conversations with the author of a controversial dossier alleging ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

It's not yet clear when and how the declassified documents and texts will be released.

Various U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA, National Security Agency and FBI, have investigated him for alleged contact he had with Russian officials under U.S. sanctions. That review is now ongoing.

On Monday, Trump demanded the declassification of several pages of a June 2017 application to renew the Page FISA warrant, as well as Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews and reports connected to the surveillance.

The FBI had previously released a heavily redacted version of the Page FISA application back in July. They believe that the FISA court incorrectly allowed the surveillance on the basis of the material in the dossier.

The other 18 pages appear to relate to information the government submitted that came from ex-British spy Christopher Steele before the presidential election.

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Trump also ordered the release of "all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russian Federation investigation; and all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications", it continued.

Sanders added that Trump has also instructed the Justice Department "to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russian Federation investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr".

Page admitted earlier this summer, Fox News reported Sunday, that investigators, led by her then-paramour Strzok, had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin after more than nine months of investigating. Democrats criticized the effort, saying the GOP lawmakers are trying to discredit the Justice Department in an effort to protect Trump from Mueller's investigation.

Several agencies will work to remove sensitive details from the material before it's released publicly.

He said it could have a "huge political impact" if the documents are released before the midterms for public viewing.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, echoed Schiff in a tweet Monday chastising the Trump's decision.

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